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An abdominal ultrasound in 2008 showed no gallstones.How long does it take for them to form and could I have them now causing problems?

An abdominal ultrasound in 2008 showed no gallstones.How long does it take for them to form and could I have them now causing problems?

Variable: Small can be immediate! Some sludge agglutinates into a soft stone Large can be years. Recheck is a consideration with ultrasound since non invasive- low risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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I had severe abdominal pain under my breastbone. Diagnosed as gallstones. Do I need surgery? What restrictions will there be and for how long?

I had severe abdominal pain under my breastbone. Diagnosed as gallstones. Do I need surgery? What restrictions will there be and for how long?

Not ready 4 surgery?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more

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Husband had low grade abdominal pain once had sharp pain but didn't last. Had a little blood in urine was told 1 yr ago gallstones were found?

Husband had low grade abdominal pain once had sharp pain but  didn't  last. Had a little blood in urine was told 1 yr ago gallstones were found?

Not sure..: What the question is. Blood in urine would not be related to gallstones. He would need evaluation of the urinary tract, such as kidney stones or urinary infection. Gallstones can cause upper abdominal pain ; nausea after eating. This needs an evaluation ; exam with a doctor. ...Read more

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How long will jaundice due to cholelithiasis last after cholecystectomy?

How long will jaundice due to cholelithiasis last after cholecystectomy?

For some times: Raised bilirubin causes jaundice, or yellow pigment on sclera ( eye) both due to obstruction of ducts as in stones or due to liver diseases. After removal obstruction eye remained stained for a while due to tissue stain , by Albumin bound delta bilirubin . Since Albumin has half life of 20 days , so it takes time to clear jaundice completely even though blood levels are normal. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain after gallstones have supposedly 'passed', what to do?

Abdominal pain after gallstones have supposedly 'passed', what to do?

See your MD: "passing" a gallstone may have consequences such as developing acute pancreatitis, a painful, sometimes serious and occasional fatal inflammation of the pancreas. Many times, the gallbladder has multiple stones, so that even if one were to pass, others may reside or hide. In general, after one attack of gallstones, the recommendation is to have the gallbladder removed. See your md for testing. ...Read more

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Had pruritus for 2 weeks. Went away but now I have abdominal and right flank pain. Could it be gallstones?

Had pruritus for 2 weeks. Went away but now I have abdominal and right flank pain. Could it be gallstones?

Jaundiced?: Yes, they may cause these symptoms, but usually only with jaundice (itching is associated with higher bilirubin levels). If a gallstone gets into your bile duct, it can become occluded, causing pain, jaundice, and sometimes itching. Regardless, if your symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Few month i have been in abdominal pain been to the doctors they think i have gallstones past 2 nights the pain has been.lower down and viginal area?

Few month i have been in abdominal pain been to the doctors they think i have gallstones past 2 nights the pain has been.lower down and viginal area?

Pelvic pain?: Pelvic pain is not caused by gallstones. You likely have a second issue. Get to your ob/gyn or family doc and get checked. You may have ovaran cyst or pelvic inflammatory disease? When was your last period? Fevers? Have you had a CT of your abdomen and pelvis? Do you still have your appendix? Probably a good idea to see a general surgeon to evaluate your abdominal/pelvic pain asap. ...Read more

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A year ago I had abdominal ultrasound and the results were belly sludge vs. shadow gallstones. What does that mean?

A year ago I had abdominal ultrasound and the results were belly sludge vs. shadow gallstones. What does that mean?

Gallstones: It just means you have gallstones and some thickened bile fluid in your gall ladder. If you have been having pain in your abdomen on the upper right side those stones may be causing it. If not then you have asymptomatic gallstones which are very common and are nothing to worry about. If you are having pain I would see your pcp about it so they can refer you to a surgeon to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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